Chronicle Of A Death Foretold Essay

1500 Words Jan 20th, 2015 6 Pages
Inherent within the novel, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, the author, Gabriel Marquez describes many traditions and values within a small town symbolizing the culture and its effect within the civilians. However; as time had progressed, the values embedded within this town would crumble leaving only oppression and abuse to take place. The repetition of the importance of materialism, values and beliefs, marriages, authority figures, and the women’s role critically asses the abusive nature of the Latin American society. “Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” installs recurring motifs to portray the abusive nature of Latin American culture and portray the need to reform its values, in order to halt the unjustified faults that became evident in this society. The motif of wealth depicts the materialistic hierarchy that took place in society and the influence it has on this small town. With the introduction of Bayardo, he is described as, “swimming in gold.” The author also implies that Bayardo uses his wealth to pursue Angela, when he, “had bought all the tickets in the raffle,” at an auction just to impress her. He uses his dispensable income to manipulate the raffle for his own personal gain and secure the attention of the beautiful Angela. Assuming Angela would fall in love with him because of his wealth, he’s shocked when she is not particularly fond of his, “stuck up,” persona. Because of his willingness to contribute his riches, he was of a high importance to…

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